In 1995 the Club began as an off-shoot of The Palace Soccer School and was under the leadership of Phil Cain until 2004 when APYFC was constituted in its current form by; Nick Battcock, Will Staniland & John Morris, to deliver structured & competitive football for their sons. The Club first achieved FA Charter Standard status in 2005 with the Committee assisted greatly by Melanie Battcock, the main driver behind this initiative.
Whilst their sons have long since grown up and left the Club, Will Staniland (who stepped down as Chairman in 2014) remains in the background working on projects aimed at improving our playing & training facilities, and John Morris remains heavily involved having succeeded Will as Club Chairman for the 2014/15 season.
For 2016/17 season APYFC has 30 boys/youths teams and 6 girls teams playing and training at venues in and around; Alexandra Park, Muswell Hill, Wood Green & Crouch End – North London.
* non-profit making
* managed and operated by volunteers
* an open club that aims to deliver, structured, competitive football in a safe and fun environment for players of all ability levels
To try and ensure financial constraints don’t constrain membership, concessionary/discounted subscriptions are offered (at the discretion of the Management Committee) to a number of players each year.
APYFC is affiliated to the AFA (Amateur Football Alliance), and our teams compete in The Watford Friendly League , The Capital Girls League and the AFA Cups . In addition Bob Packham, our Football Development Officer has in conjunction with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation established a UNIFIED FOOTBALL team to deliver structured, fun training for players with learning difficulties.
Our teams play:
* 5-a-side matches at U8 (school year 3)
* 7-a-side matches at, U9 & U10 (school years 4, & 5)
* 9-a-side matches at U11 & U12 (school years 6 & 7)
* 11 a-side matches at U13, U14, U15, U16 & U18 (school years 8 to 13)
Each team is managed by a volunteer parent and trains weekly with a qualified FA Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 [UEFA ‘B’] coach and all matches are refereed, primarily by qualified referees.
The Club is committed to, and abides by, the FA rules and regulations concerning coaching, child protection and grass roots football development. We have a Child Protection Officer and, in keeping with our FA Charter Standard status, full CRC checks and minimum Level 1 coaching qualifications in place.